Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Key Information for ECE Students

To assist you in your preparation for either applying for or joining us at UC Davis, we have gathered helpful information on what you will need as a new student with our department. Whether you are looking to join as an incoming freshman or a transfer student, you are sure to have a lot of questions about UC Davis Electrical and Computer Engineering, and college in general.  Below we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions -- please review them for more information.

  • How do I get to campus?
  • Please see our visitor information.
  • When do I apply for admission?
  • Apply in November 2019 for fall 2020  admission. Get more information on admission here: http://admissions.ucdavis.edu.
  • Do I have to declare a major when I apply?
  • Yes. You will be admitted to an engineering major when you are admitted to the college.
  • What does it cost to attend UC Davis?
  • The average yearly cost for first-year students living on-campus during the 2016-17 academic year was estimated to be about $35,003. Get the details on annual costs here: http://admissions.ucdavis.edu/.
  • How do I apply for financial aid? 
  • To be considered for any form of financial aid, including grants and loans, you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between January 1 and March 2 of the year for which you'll need aid. Get more information on the financial aid application process here: http:// financialaid.ucdavis.edu.
  • What kind of computer should I get for my ECE classes?
  • We highly recommend laptops that support Windows. The software used in the engineering coursework is mainly Windows-supported. Students who have gone without Windows in classes had a tougher time with ECE coursework. Our IT manager recommends focusing on three key criteria when choosing a laptop:
    A. portability:  a lightweight laptop will be used on campus more than a heavy laptop.
    B. keyboard comfort: a poorly built keyboard will negatively affect your productivity.
    C. brand reliability: a cheaper brand will break or have hardware issues at the worst time, i.e. before a final report is due.

    Suggested: Lenovo X1 CarbonThinkPad, Dell XPS, Microsoft Surface Pro.

  • Will courses I've taken at a community college transfer to UC Davis?
  • Yes. UC Davis has articulation agreements with community colleges throughout California. To ensure a course you want to take transfers, refer to assist.org.

  • How do my AP credits transfer to UC Davis?
  • You will receive degree credits for AP classes in which you pass subject level AP tests. In some cases you can skip a class based on received scores, such as skipping MAT 21A and moving straight into MAT 21B if you receive certain scores on the Calculus AB / BC test. AP tests do not give you any GE credits.

  • What classes should I take during my first quarter?
  • Take a look at our recommended schedules for electrical engineering and computer engineering students.  In general, aim for a balance between major classes and a balance of GEs. Pick classes you are interested in and not just classes you hear are easy. What’s easy for one person may not be easy for another; what interests your friend may bore you.

  • Can I finish in four years?
  • Yes, as long as you enroll in courses in the sequences recommended for EE or CE students. You should also keep in touch with your departmental staff advisor who can help you plan your courses most efficiently. Our average time-to-degree is just over 4 years, which means most students are completing in 4 years.

  • Can I participate in internships?
  • Yes. Engineering students have opportunities to gain industry and/or research experience through summer internships, or six month "co-ops." You can apply what you've learned inside the classroom to the real world. The UC Davis Internship and Career Center helps students establish their graduate study and career networks. More more information can be found on our site. As applicable, students can also receive elective credits.

Remember: We are here to help you! If you have additional questions, please contact ECE undergrad advisors.